Indiana Coalition for Human Services 2017 Bill List
Prepared by: Maggie Snyder
E-mail: maggie.snyder@ichsonline.org
Report created on December 12, 2017
 
HB1001STATE BIENNIAL BUDGET. (BROWN T) Appropriates money for capital expenditures, the operation of the state, K-12 and higher education, the delivery of Medicaid and other services, and various other distributions and purposes. Provides for bonding authority for capital projects for higher education institutions. Terminates the legislative evaluation and oversight program. Replaces the statutory appropriation from the counter cyclical and revenue stabilization fund to the state general fund based on the budget report with a limited discretionary transfer determined by the budget director and approved by the governor. Requires the attorney general to include certain language concerning settlement funds in proposed court order language. Establishes the agency settlement fund for purposes of receiving certain funds paid to the state as part of a settlement or similar agreement. Permits money held in a trust fund for other post-employment benefits (other than pension) to be invested in the same manner as money may be invested by the public employees' retirement fund or any other public pension or employee retirement fund administered by the board of trustees of the Indiana public retirement system. Establishes the teachers' defined contribution plan (plan) as an account within the Indiana state teachers' retirement fund (fund). Provides that an individual who begins employment with a school corporation in a covered position that would otherwise be eligible for membership in the fund may elect to become a member of the plan. Provides that an individual who does not elect to become a member of the plan becomes a member of the fund. Requires the board of trustees of the Indiana public retirement system (board) to establish, subject to any approval from the Internal Revenue Service that the board considers necessary or desirable, alternative investment programs within the annuity savings account as the initial alternative investment programs for the plan. Provides that, if the board considers it necessary or appropriate, the board may establish different or additional alternative investment programs for the plan, except that the board shall maintain the stable value fund. Provides that each member's contribution to the plan is 3% of the member's compensation and requires the employer to pay the member's contribution on behalf of the member. Allows a member to make additional contributions to the plan up to 10% of the member's compensation. Provides that the employer's contribution rate for the plan is equal to the employer's contribution rate for the fund as determined by the board, although the amount credited from the employer's contribution rate to the member's account may not be greater than the normal cost of the fund, and any amount not credited to the member's account is applied to the unfunded accrued liability of the fund. Provides that an employer's minimum contribution to the plan is 3% of the compensation of all members of the plan. Provides that member contributions and net earnings on the member contributions belong to the member at all times and do not belong to the employer. Provides that a member vests in the employer contribution subaccount at 20% per year with full vesting after five years of participation. Provides that, if a member separates from service with an employer before the member is fully vested in the employer contribution subaccount, the amount in the subaccount that is not vested is: (1) transferred to the member's new employer, if the new employer participates in the plan; or (2) held in the member's employer contribution subaccount until forfeited. Provides that a member who: (1) terminates service in a covered position; and (2) does not perform any service in a covered position for at least 30 days after the date on which the member terminates service; is entitled to withdraw vested amounts in the member's account. Provides that a member may elect to have withdrawals paid as: (1) a lump sum; (2) a direct rollover to another eligible retirement plan; or (3) if the member is at least 62 years of age with at least five years of participation in the plan, a monthly annuity in accordance with the rules of the board. Provides that, on the plan's effective date, school corporations become participants in the plan. Provides that the board shall provide education to employers and members regarding retirement benefit options of all applicable pension and retirement funds that the board administers. Establishes the next level Indiana trust and trust fund. Provides that the trust proceeds of the next generation trust shall be transferred to the next level Indiana trust and trust fund and that the next generation trust shall cease upon completion of the transfer. Provides that the proceeds transferred to the next level Indiana trust fund shall be used exclusively for the provision of highways, roads, and bridges. Requires the board of trustees (board) of the Indiana public employees' retirement system, after December 31, 2017, to establish and maintain the next level Indiana innovation and entrepreneurial fund (fund) as an annuity savings account investment option for members of the public employees' retirement fund (PERF) and the Indiana state teachers' retirement fund (TRF). Requires the deferred compensation committee (committee), after December 31, 2017, to establish and maintain the fund as an investment option in the state employees' deferred compensation plan. Requires the board and the committee to consult with the board of trustees of the next level Indiana trust fund to establish the fund's investment objectives and policies. Limits initial transfers into the fund to 20% of the balance in a fund member's or state employee's account. Limits annual contributions to the fund to 20% of a member's or an employee's total contributions for that year. Provides that, if a member or employee contributes not less than the amount the member or employee initially designated to the fund for at least 36 consecutive months and maintains in the fund the amounts transferred and contributed during that period, the state shall contribute on the member's or employee's behalf to the fund as a match 10% of the total amount contributed by the member or employee or on the member's or employee's behalf to the fund during that 36 month period. Provides that for each additional 12 consecutive months that a member or an employee contributes not less than the member or employee initially designated to the fund and maintains in the fund the amounts transferred and contributed that period, the state shall contribute on the member's or employee's behalf to the fund as a match 10% of the total amount contributed by the member or employee or on the member's or employee's behalf to the fund during that 12 month period. Provides that, for purposes of determining the amount of the state's match, the total amount contributed by the member or employee or on the member's or employee's behalf excludes the amount of any state match. Provides that, in the case of a group insurance plan established by the state police department, conservation officers of the department of natural resources, and the state excise police (state law enforcement agencies), any proposed modification to change the benefits under the plan may not be made unless the modification is approved by the budget agency. Provides that, on or before July 1 of each year, state law enforcement agencies must submit to the budget agency the current pla
 Current Status:   4/27/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 Recent Status:   4/22/2017 - Conference Committee Report Adopted (S) Report 1: adopted by the Senate; Roll Call 540: yeas 42, nays 8; Rules Suspended
4/21/2017 - Conference Committee Report Adopted (H) Report 1: adopted by the House; Roll Call 561: yeas 68, nays 30; Rules Suspended
 State Bill Page:   HB1001
 
HB1002TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING. (SOLIDAY E) Eliminates the sales tax on the sale of special fuel. Establishes the special transportation flexibility fund. Provides the following for gasoline use tax collections for state fiscal year 2020 and each state fiscal year thereafter: (1) 14.286% of the collections shall be deposited in the motor vehicle highway account. (2) 21.429% of the collections shall be deposited in the local road and bridge matching grant fund. (3) A percentage of the gasoline use tax collections shall be deposited in the state general fund in each state fiscal year before state fiscal year 2025. (4) In state fiscal year 2020 through state fiscal year 2023, a percentage of the gasoline use tax collections shall be deposited in the special transportation flexibility fund. (5) In state fiscal year 2020 and thereafter, a percentage of the gasoline use tax collections shall be deposited in the state highway fund. Changes the deadline for the adoption and notification of county and municipal vehicle excise and wheel tax ordinances. Provides for a one-time fuel tax rate increase using a multiyear index factor based on the last time the particular fuel tax rate was increased and the current fuel tax rate per gallon. (Gasoline tax is currently $0.18, special fuel tax is currently $0.16, and motor carrier surcharge tax is currently $0.11.) Limits the one-time increase to $0.10 per gallon. Provides for an annual rate increase in fuel tax rates based on an annual index factor. Limits the annual rate increase based on the annual index factor to $0.01 per gallon. Provides that the last index factor adjustment to the fuel tax rates is July 1, 2024. Increases the aviation fuel excise tax by $0.10 per gallon and transfers the increased revenue to the airport development grant fund for airport capital improvement matching grants. Increases alternative fuel decal fees by 50%. Specifies that the motor carrier fuel surcharge tax must be paid on special fuel that is not an alternative fuel at the time of purchase (the same time the special fuel tax is paid), instead of being entirely paid using a quarterly return. Imposes a motor carrier fuel surcharge inventory tax on motor fuel held in storage and offered for sale to motor carriers on the date the surcharge tax rate changes. Eliminates from the distribution of the gasoline and special fuel taxes: (1) the $0.01 going to the state highway fund; (2) the $0.01 going to counties, cites, and towns; and (3) the $25,000,000 special distribution allocation distributions. Establishes a $15 transportation infrastructure improvement fee that applies to the registration of all motor vehicles except trailers, semitrailers, non-motive recreational vehicles, special machinery, vehicles registered as military vehicles, vehicles registered as collector vehicles, motor driven cycles, trucks, tractors used with a semitrailer, and for-hire buses with a declared gross weight greater than 26,000 pounds. Increases annual registration fees for certain motor vehicles with a declared gross weight that equals or exceeds 26,000 pounds. Requires a person who registers an electric vehicle to pay a supplemental registration fee of $150 with an increase every five years based on an index factor. Requires a person who registers a hybrid vehicle to pay a supplemental registration fee of $50 with an increase every five years based on an index factor. Provides that the percentage of the amounts distributed to the state and to the local units from the motor vehicle highway account changes incrementally from 53% for the state and 47% for the local units under current law to 60% for the state and 40% for the local units after June 30, 2022. Eliminates the authority for cities and towns to use distributions from the motor vehicle highway account for: (1) the painting of structures and objects; and (2) law enforcement. Requires counties, cities, and towns to use at least 50% of the distributions from the motor vehicle highway account for the construction, reconstruction, and maintenance of highways. Repeals restrictions on when a tolling project can be undertaken. Provides that before the governor, the Indiana department of transportation (INDOT), the Indiana Finance Authority (IFA), or an operator may enter into an agreement for the financing, construction, maintenance, or operation of a toll road project, the budget committee must first review the proposed agreement. Provides that neither the IFA nor INDOT may issue a request for proposals for a public-private agreement that would authorize an operator to impose tolls unless the budget committee has reviewed the request for proposals. Requires INDOT to seek a Federal Highway Administration waiver to toll interstate highways. Limits the first toll lanes under the waiver to certain interstate highways. Provides for a public comment period and requires replies to the public comments for a toll road project by INDOT or a tollway project carried out using a public private partnership. Imposes other duties on INDOT. Amends the assessment procedures for motor carrier civil penalties. Establishes the weigh-in-motion pilot program. Makes various changes to the local road and bridge matching grant program. Allows INDOT to approve certain railroad crossing projects, and authorizes the IFA to finance an approved project subject to a maximum annual debt service limit of $10,000,000. Authorizes the IFA to take certain actions in the event a public-private agreement is terminated. Annually appropriates $250,000 to INDOT for the local technical assistance program to develop and maintain a centralized electronic statewide asset management data base. Provides that the owner of a semitrailer permanently registered in Indiana does not pay an annual registration renewal fee. Makes various changes to the transportation funding exchange program between the state and counties and municipalities. Adds various study requirements.
 Current Status:   4/27/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 Recent Status:   4/22/2017 - Conference Committee Report Adopted (S) Report 1: adopted by the Senate; Roll Call 539: yeas 37, nays 12; Rules Suspended
4/21/2017 - Conference Committee Report Adopted (H) Report 1: adopted by the House; Roll Call 560: yeas 69, nays 29; Rules Suspended
 State Bill Page:   HB1002
 
HB1004PREKINDERGARTEN EDUCATION. (BEHNING R) Provides that, after June 30, 2017, the early education grant pilot program (prekindergarten pilot program) includes: (1) eligible providers in an additional 15 counties; and (2) eligible providers that received a grant under the early education matching grant program and meet certain conditions. Changes references to the "pilot program" to the "prekindergarten pilot program". Adds additional requirements for an eligible provider to participate in the prekindergarten pilot program. Adds additional requirements for an eligible child to qualify for or receive a grant under the prekindergarten pilot program. Amends income eligibility requirements for eligible children in counties that meet certain conditions and establishes certain requirements and restrictions. Provides that the office of the secretary of family and social services (office) may award a grant to a potential eligible provider or existing eligible provider for an expansion plan if certain requirements are met. Requires a potential eligible provider or existing eligible provider to repay to the office the total amount of the grant awarded if the potential eligible provider or existing eligible provider fails to use the grant funds in accordance with the expansion plan or in compliance with the agreement with the office. Requires the office to: (1) monitor the educational outcomes resulting from the implementation of expansion plans; and (2) annually provide the governor and legislative council a report of the findings of the office concerning the educational outcomes. Amends a provision that requires a match for the prekindergarten pilot program be from at least 10% but not more than 50% to be at least 5% but not more than 50%, with an exception. Requires the office to make random onsite inspections, as determined necessary by the office, of facilities of eligible providers and potential eligible providers or existing eligible providers each year. Provides that the office may determine that an eligible provider or potential eligible provider or existing eligible provider is no longer eligible under the prekindergarten pilot program. Provides that eligible children who use a prekindergarten pilot program grant to attend a prekindergarten program at an eligible choice scholarship school are eligible to receive a choice scholarship to attend the same eligible choice scholarship school if certain conditions are met. Requires the division of family resources to develop a provider rate reimbursement schedule that uses money appropriated by the general assembly as an incentive for providers eligible to receive voucher payments under the federal Child Care and Development fund voucher program to meet the standards of quality recognized by a Level 3 or Level 4 Paths to QUALITY program rating. Requires the department of education (department) to approve an early learning development framework for prekindergarten. Requires the office to apply for waivers from all applicable federal agencies to receive any federal funding for child care or prekindergarten education in one block grant to use for child care and prekindergarten programs in the state. Establishes the prekindergarten pilot program fund (fund). Allows the office to develop and implement a reimbursement program to reimburse costs incurred by parents to provide technology based, in-home early education services to a child. Allows money in the fund to be used to pay for the reimbursements. Repeals the provisions concerning the early education matching grant program.
 Current Status:   4/26/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 Recent Status:   4/21/2017 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore
4/21/2017 - Signed by the Speaker
 State Bill Page:   HB1004
 
HB1006MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS. (KIRCHHOFER C) Requires the secretary of family and social services to provide that residences for residential care and supported housing for chronic addiction that receive reimbursement when used as a recovery residence to be certified and meet standards determined by the division of mental health addiction through administrative rules. Adds, subject to the approval of the Indiana commission to combat drug abuse (commission), an individual who is: (1) less than 18 years of age; and (2) a defendant whose case is either waived from juvenile court to adult court or directly filed in adult court; to the individuals who may be eligible for mental health and addiction forensic treatment services. Provides that a child welfare program may be established for the purpose of providing child welfare substance abuse treatment services for families and children who have an open child welfare or delinquency case with the juvenile court. Requires that information and training concerning child welfare substance abuse treatment services be provided to certain judges, department of child services employees, and public defenders. Includes neonatal abstinence syndrome as a factor for a child to be determined a child in need of services. Urges the legislative council to assign to the interim study committee on corrections and criminal code the topic of extending mental health and addiction forensic treatment services to individuals in the criminal justice system: (1) who: (A) are charged with a misdemeanor offense; or (B) have a prior misdemeanor conviction; and (2) who have been placed in or are eligible for placement in a pretrial services program, a community corrections program, a prosecuting attorney's diversion program, or jail. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the interim study committee on public health, behavioral health, and human services).
 Current Status:   4/28/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 Recent Status:   4/21/2017 - Conference Committee Report Adopted (H) Report 1: adopted by the House; Roll Call 533: yeas 97, nays 0; Rules Suspended
4/21/2017 - Conference Committee Report Adopted (S) Report 1: adopted by the Senate; Roll Call 517: yeas 49, nays 0; Rules Suspended
 State Bill Page:   HB1006
 
HB1080COMMISSION ON IMPROVING THE STATUS OF CHILDREN. (FRIZZELL D) Provides that the commission on improving the status of children (commission) may appoint an executive director. Provides that an executive director shall perform duties as assigned by the commission. Provides that the office of judicial administration shall pay the salary of the executive director. Removes obsolete provisions related to commission duties.
 Current Status:   3/29/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 Recent Status:   3/21/2017 - Signed by the Speaker
3/14/2017 - Returned to the House without amendments
 State Bill Page:   HB1080
 
HB1102TASK FORCE TO ASSESS SERVICES. (CLERE E) Establishes a task force for assessment of services and supports for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Specifies the composition, duties, and governance structure of the task force.
 Current Status:   4/20/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 Recent Status:   4/18/2017 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore
4/17/2017 - Signed by the Speaker
 State Bill Page:   HB1102
 
HB1218JUVENILE JUSTICE. (MCNAMARA W) Adds additional members to a community corrections advisory board. Allows an application for a state grant for a community corrections program for juveniles to be made to the department of correction division of youth services. Provides that a child who was: (1) the victim of human trafficking; and (2) adjudicated a delinquent child for an act performed while a victim of human trafficking and the delinquent act was a result of human trafficking; is entitled to have the adjudication expunged. Specifies that expunged electronic records must be stored in a secure data base. Permits the department of correction to award funding to a court appointed forensic advocate program. Provides that a person who was: (1) the victim of human trafficking; and (2) convicted of a nonviolent offense committed while the person was being trafficked; is entitled to have the person's conviction vacated if certain conditions are met. Provides that prostitution is a criminal offense only if committed by a person who is at least 18 years of age. Defines "juvenile prostitution". Provides that a person less than 18 years of age who is engaged in juvenile prostitution is considered a victim of juvenile prostitution and human or sexual trafficking. Adds juvenile prostitution to offenses involving prostitution in human trafficking crimes and the crimes of visiting a common nuisance and promoting prostitution. Makes technical corrections.
 Current Status:   4/20/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 Recent Status:   4/18/2017 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore
4/17/2017 - Signed by the Speaker
 State Bill Page:   HB1218
 
HB1273NETWORK PROVIDER REFERRALS. (BAIRD J) Specifies notice requirements for network health care providers that make referrals to out of network health care providers. Provides for exceptions to the notice requirements.
 Current Status:   4/24/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 Recent Status:   4/20/2017 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore
4/19/2017 - Signed by the Speaker
 State Bill Page:   HB1273
 
HB1278CERVICAL CANCER PREVENTION. (NEGELE S) Requires the state department of health (department) to develop a strategic plan to identify and significantly reduce morbidity and mortality from cervical cancer. Requires the department to collaborate with the family and social services administration and certain cancer facilities. Allows the department to establish workgroups. Establishes requirements for the department in developing the strategic plan. Requires that a report on the strategic plan and recommendations on goal implementation and schedule compliance must be delivered to the governor and general assembly before December 31, 2018.
 Current Status:   4/10/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 Recent Status:   3/28/2017 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore
3/27/2017 - Signed by the Speaker
 State Bill Page:   HB1278
 
HB1287CHOICE PROGRAM. (CLERE E) Defines "countable asset" and amends the definition of "case management" and "eligible individual" for purposes of the community and home options to institutional care for the elderly and disabled program (CHOICE program). Provides that under the CHOICE program, the division of aging (division): (1) must establish a cost participation schedule for each eligible individual; and (2) may not require a family member or other person to provide services as a condition of eligibility. Requires a case manager from an area agency on aging to perform initial verification and reverification of an individual's income and assets for the CHOICE program. Requires the division to convene collaborative work groups with area agencies on aging to develop policies that establish: (1) a person-centered planning process, supported by a needs-based assessment tools, to be used; and (2) the percentage of program dollars adequate to provide case management services; (3) training necessary; (4) data collection standards; (5) program performance measures; and (6) a cost participation schedule; for the CHOICE program.
 Current Status:   4/20/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 Recent Status:   4/18/2017 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore
4/17/2017 - Signed by the Speaker
 State Bill Page:   HB1287
 
HB1337TELEMEDICINE MATTERS. (KIRCHHOFER C) Requires the office of Medicaid policy and planning (office) to reimburse a Medicaid provider, determined by the office to be eligible, for covered telemedicine services. Prohibits the office from setting any distance restrictions under Medicaid on telehealth services and telemedicine services. Adds podiatrist to the definition of "prescriber" for purposes of telemedicine services. Requires a telemedicine services prescriber to contact the patient's primary care provider if the telemedicine services prescriber has provided care to the patient at least two consecutive times through the use of telemedicine services. Removes a limitation on prescribing controlled substances except for opioids through the use of telemedicine if: (1) the prescriber maintains a controlled substance registration; (2) the prescriber meets federal requirements concerning the prescribing of the controlled substance; (3) the patient has been examined in person by a licensed Indiana health care provider that has established a treatment plan to assist the prescriber in the diagnosis of the patient; (4) the prescriber has reviewed and approved the treatment plan and is prescribing for the patient pursuant to the treatment plan; and (5) the prescriber complies with the requirements of the INSPECT program. Allows for the prescribing of an opioid using telemedicine services if the opioid being prescribed is a partial agonist being prescribed to treat or manage an opioid dependence.
 Current Status:   4/24/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 Recent Status:   4/20/2017 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore
4/19/2017 - Signed by the Speaker
 State Bill Page:   HB1337
 
HB1391SOCIAL WORKER LICENSES. (FRIZZELL D) Creates a bachelor's degree social worker license. Provides an exception from the social work and clinical social work license requirements for providers who are contracted by the department of child services and meet certain requirements. Provides that individuals who pursue a social work license with a bachelor's degree may apply under existing requirements and use clinical social work experience hours until July 1, 2019. Allows individuals who: (1) have at least two years of experience; (2) meet certain requirements; and (3) apply before July 1, 2018; to be granted a bachelor's degree social worker license without taking an examination. Provides that any supervised clinical social work experience hours that an applicant for licensure as a clinical social worker accumulates do not expire and may be used by the applicant to satisfy the supervised clinical social work experience requirements. Requires the behavioral health and human services licensing board to issue a license to a bachelor's degree social worker, social worker, or clinical social worker who: (1) has a valid license or certificate to practice from another state or jurisdiction; (2) has passed an examination substantially equivalent to the license examination; (3) does not have a pending disciplinary proceeding in another state; and (4) pays a fee.
 Current Status:   4/26/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 Recent Status:   4/21/2017 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore
4/21/2017 - Signed by the Speaker
 State Bill Page:   HB1391
 
HB1430SUICIDE AWARENESS AND PREVENTION. (OLTHOFF J) Provides that, after June 30, 2018, each school corporation, charter school, and accredited nonpublic school: (1) shall require all teachers; and (2) may require any other appropriate school employees; who are employed at schools that provide instruction to students in any combination of grade 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12 to attend or participate in evidence based inservice youth suicide awareness and prevention training every three school years. Requires the division of mental health and addiction to: (1) develop a statewide program for suicide prevention; and (2) employ a coordinator of the statewide program for suicide prevention. Requires the coordinator to study and determine: (1) the professions that should be required to receive training on suicide assessment, treatment, and management; and (2) the manner in which to fund the training. Requires the coordinator to report the determinations to the legislative council not later than December 31, 2017. Requires emergency medical services providers to complete an evidence based training program concerning suicide assessment, treatment, and management. Requires each school corporation to adopt a policy addressing measures intended to increase child suicide awareness and prevention. Establishes requirements regarding the policy. Requires an approved postsecondary educational institution to adopt a policy concerning suicide information and resources.
 Current Status:   4/28/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 Recent Status:   4/20/2017 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore
4/19/2017 - Signed by the Speaker
 State Bill Page:   HB1430
 
HB1438SYRINGE EXCHANGE PROGRAMS. (KIRCHHOFER C) Allows a county or municipality to approve the operation of a syringe exchange program (program). Allows a program to be renewed for not longer than two years. Requires a program to keep a sufficient quantity of an overdose intervention drug in stock to administer when needed. Requires the state health commissioner to receive written notice when a program is renewed, expired, or terminated or if the qualified entity operating the program changes. Extends the law concerning programs until July 1, 2021. (Current law expires July 1, 2019.)
 Current Status:   4/26/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 Recent Status:   4/11/2017 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore
4/10/2017 - Signed by the Speaker
 State Bill Page:   HB1438
 
HB1439FSSA MATTERS. (KIRCHHOFER C) Allows a Medicaid recipient who is incarcerated to have the recipient's Medicaid suspended for up to two years instead of one year before terminating the recipient's Medicaid eligibility. Defines "comprehensive risk contract" and "managed care organization" for purposes of Medicaid. Specifies that if a provision of Indiana insurance law conflicts with the administration of a law applying to a managed care organization with respect to the managed care organization's Medicaid responsibilities, the law applying to the managed care organization with respect to the Medicaid responsibilities is controlling. Changes language in the Medicaid law to reflect the existence of more than one risk based managed care program. Removes obsolete references to "primary care case management". Removes references to "insurer", "insurance", and "health maintenance organization" in the law concerning the healthy Indiana plan (plan) to reflect the sole use of managed care organizations to provide coverage under the plan. Allows the secretary of the office of family and social services (office) to determine the amount, based on the individual's annual household income per year, that an individual must continue to contribute to the individual's health care account in order to participate in the plan. Provides that the amount determined by the office based on an individual's annual income must be budget neutral to the state as determined by the state budget agency. Requires that the federal government approve the contribution amount determined by the secretary. Makes conforming amendments. Makes a technical correction to a federal Code citation.
 Current Status:   4/24/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 Recent Status:   4/20/2017 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore
4/19/2017 - Signed by the Speaker
 State Bill Page:   HB1439
 
HB1471IN211 PROGRAM. (SIEGRIST S) Transfers from the utility regulatory commission (IURC) to the housing and community development authority (authority) the responsibility for administering the statute concerning the administration of the 211 dialing code used to provide access to human services information and referrals. For purposes of the statute, expands the definition of "human services" to include assistance concerning: (1) emotional and physical abuse (including sexual assault); (2) specified public health issues; (3) food programs and nutrition education; (4) safe and affordable housing; (5) occupational and vocational training; and (6) reentry programs for persons leaving certain facilities. Caps the amount that the authority may budget, allocate, and disburse from the 211 services account (account) each state fiscal year to carry out the authority's purposes under the statute at $50,000. Removes the requirement that the expenses of administering the account be paid from money in the account. Provides that money in the account at the end of a state fiscal year does not revert to the state general fund. (Current law provides that money appropriated to the account by the general assembly and remaining in the account at the end of a state fiscal year reverts to the state general fund.) Makes conforming amendments.
 Current Status:   4/24/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 Recent Status:   4/20/2017 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore
4/19/2017 - Signed by the Speaker
 State Bill Page:   HB1471
 
HB1516DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FATALITY REVIEW COMMITTEE. (OLTHOFF J) Removes the limit on the authority of a local domestic violence review team (local review team) to the review of fatalities when the person who commits domestic violence resulting in death is charged with a criminal offense that results in a final judgment or is deceased. Specifies that local review teams may review near fatalities. Establishes the statewide domestic violence fatality review committee (committee). Imposes various duties upon the committee, including to: (1) assist local review teams; (2) assist in or conduct a review of a death or near fatality in possible domestic violence cases; (3) gather information; (4) submit reports; and (5) make recommendations concerning the prevention of domestic violence deaths. Provides that various records must be made available to the committee, subject to confidentiality requirements. Provides certain immunities concerning information provided to and discussions involving the committee. Provides that the Indiana criminal justice institute will administer the committees. Makes conforming changes to the local review team law.
 Current Status:   4/28/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 Recent Status:   4/20/2017 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore
4/19/2017 - Signed by the Speaker
 State Bill Page:   HB1516
 
HB1521VARIOUS ELECTION LAW MATTERS. (RICHARDSON K) Provides for the election of alternate presidential electors to fill vacancies in the office of presidential electors. Requires a nominee for presidential elector or alternate presidential elector to file at the time of nomination or certification a pledge to vote for: (1) the presidential elector's or alternate presidential elector's party nominees for President of the United States and Vice President of the United States; or (2) if the presidential elector or alternate presidential elector is not nominated by a political party, the candidates for President and Vice President on whose behalf the presidential elector or alternate presidential elector is nominated. Provides for replacing a presidential elector who refuses to vote or cast a ballot as the presidential elector has pledged. Establishes other procedures relating to casting Indiana's electoral votes. Amends statutes to conform language to the terminology used for presidential electors. (These provisions are based on the Uniform Faithful Presidential Electors Act.) Provides that if a candidate for president or vice president resigns or dies before the meeting of Indiana's electors, the pledge of the electors refers to the successor candidate for that office nominated by the political party in accordance with the party's rules. Provides that, beginning in 2019, the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) official shall conduct a residency confirmation and outreach procedure in odd-numbered years instead of even-numbered years (which is the requirement under current law). Provides that if a circuit court clerk (clerk) denies certification of a petition of nomination filed by a candidate in person, the clerk shall notify the candidate in person of the denial of the certification. Provides that an application for an absentee ballot for the primary election before the general election conducted in 2018 and every four years thereafter may not be received by the clerk (or the director of the board of elections and registration) earlier than December 1 of the year before the primary election. Updates municipal election dates in a provision concerning the use of vote centers. Provides that, for a special election conducted in only part of a county and not held on the same day as a primary, general, or municipal election, the county election board (board) must provide in the county vote center plan for: (1) at least one vote center; or (2) if the election district for the special election contains at least 10,000 active voters, at least one vote center for each 10,000 active voters, plus one vote center for any fraction of 10,000 active voters. Provides that a board may permit a 16 or 17 year old who meets certain conditions to serve as an absentee ballot counter or courier at a central location where absentee ballots are counted. Makes a technical correction in a statute relating to poll takers that was amended during the 2016 session of the general assembly and resolves a conflict with SB 442-2017.
 Current Status:   4/26/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 Recent Status:   4/21/2017 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore
4/21/2017 - Signed by the Speaker
 State Bill Page:   HB1521
 
HB1654COMMISSION TO COMBAT DRUG ABUSE. (ZIEMKE C) Adds two members to the commission to combat drug abuse (commission). Specifies that one of the members is the vice chairperson of the commission whose duties are determined by the chairperson.
 Current Status:   4/26/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 Recent Status:   3/30/2017 - Senator Crider added as second sponsor
3/30/2017 - Third reading passed; Roll Call 333: yeas 49, nays 0
 State Bill Page:   HB1654
 
SB49PLAN FOR THE PERMANENT PLACEMENT OF A CHILD. (GLICK S) Requires that a permanency plan is filed simultaneously with a petition for termination of a parent-child relationship.
 Current Status:   4/13/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 Recent Status:   4/10/2017 - Signed by the Speaker
3/21/2017 - Third reading passed; Roll Call 279: yeas 96, nays 0
 State Bill Page:   SB49
 
SB59PROFESSIONAL LICENSING. (HEAD R) Requires the behavioral health and human services licensing board to issue a license to a social worker, clinical social worker, marriage and family therapist, mental health counselor, licensed addiction counselor, licensed clinical addiction counselor, addiction counselor associate, or clinical addiction counselor associate who: (1) has a valid license or certificate to practice from another state or jurisdiction; (2) has passed an examination substantially equivalent to the level for which licensure is being requested; (3) does not have a pending disciplinary proceeding in another state; and (4) pays a fee. Establishes requirements to obtain a license as an addiction counselor associate or clinical addiction counselor associate. Allows for an out-of-state individual seeking reciprocity for licensing in Indiana for psychology to receive a temporary license.
 Current Status:   4/28/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 Recent Status:   4/21/2017 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore
4/21/2017 - Signed by the Speaker
 State Bill Page:   SB59
 
SB61COMMISSION ON SECLUSION AND RESTRAINT. (HEAD R) Requires the commission on seclusion and restraint in schools (commission) to adopt rules concerning reporting requirements for the use of seclusion and restraint by school resource officers. Requires that the commission include a member of the Indiana School Resource Officers Association. Provides that a school corporation, accredited nonpublic school, or charter school must report incidents of seclusion and restraint involving a school resource officer. Provides that the commission may adopt emergency rules. Voids a rule adopted by the commission that excludes school resource officers from the reporting requirements. Makes changes to the duties of the commission. Provides that if the department of education (department) has been advised of a discrepancy in a report, the department shall require the school to provide a written explanation of the discrepancy to the department. Provides that the department has the authority to require schools to submit seclusion and restraint plans. Provides that the department shall review incident rules and submit summary findings to the commission in compliance with the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Provides that the commission shall review summary findings submitted by the department and may make nonbinding recommendations to the department or other entities. Provides that if the department receives a recommendation from the commission, the department shall send a response with regard to recommendations made by the commission.
 Current Status:   4/28/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 Recent Status:   4/21/2017 - Signed by the Speaker
4/21/2017 - Senate Conference Committees Eligible for Action
 State Bill Page:   SB61
 
SB151INFORMATION IN INSPECT PRESCRIPTION DRUG DATA BASE. (MERRITT J) Requires the ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and controlled substance prescription monitoring program to include an entry for a dispenser to indicate, when applicable, if a patient has entered into a pain management contract with a designated practitioner. Allows the management performance hub and the state epidemiologist to obtain information from the INSPECT program. Requires that the information provided to the management performance hub not include personally identifying information. Requires the professional licensing agency (agency) to establish a workgroup consisting of emergency medical technicians, registered nurses, paramedics, pharmacists, physicians, law enforcement officers and physician assistants for the purpose of evaluating the cost and feasability of cataloging: (1) each administration of an overdose intervention drug by an emergency medical services provider; and (2) data related to certain controlled substance investigations by law enforcement; in the INSPECT data base. Requires the agency to provide: (1) statutory recommendations; and (2) a written report; to the legislative council not later than December 1, 2017.
 Current Status:   4/25/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 Recent Status:   4/21/2017 - Signed by the Speaker
4/21/2017 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore
 State Bill Page:   SB151
 
SB154ASSET LIMITATION FOR SNAP ELIGIBILITY. (MERRITT J) Requires the division of family resources to: (1) beginning January 1, 2018, implement within the federal Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) an expanded eligibility category and specifies a countable asset limitation for resources of $5,000 in determining an individual's SNAP eligibility; and (2) notify the United States Department of Agriculture of the implementation of expanded categorical eligibility under SNAP. Specifies certain resources that may not be counted as an asset for purposes of SNAP eligibility. Requires the division of family resources to submit a report to the legislative council concerning the projected total amounts that individuals receiving SNAP benefits would be required to repay over the period beginning January 1, 2018, and ending December 31, 2019, due to positive errors.
 Current Status:   4/27/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 Recent Status:   4/21/2017 - Signed by the Speaker
4/21/2017 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore
 State Bill Page:   SB154
 
SB231CRISIS INTERVENTION TEAMS. (CRIDER M) Provides that in conjunction with the Indiana commission (commission) to combat drug abuse and the division of mental health and addiction, the law enforcement training board may establish the technical assistance center. Provides that the commission may make grants to the law enforcement training board to carry out the purposes of the technical assistance center. Transfers the administration of the technical assistance center for crisis intervention teams from the Indiana criminal justice institute to the Indiana law enforcement training board. Makes a technical correction.
 Current Status:   4/21/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 Recent Status:   4/19/2017 - Signed by the Speaker
4/13/2017 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore
 State Bill Page:   SB231
 
SB242INDIANA HOUSING FIRST PROGRAM. (MERRITT J) Establishes the Indiana housing first program (program) to provide housing and support services for eligible persons that have: (1) a serious and persistent mental illness; (2) a chronic chemical addiction; or (3) serious and persistent mental illness with a co-occurring chronic chemical addiction. Requires the housing and community development authority (authority) to administer the program. Requires the authority to establish, not later than January 1, 2018, policies and procedures to implement and administer the program. Provides that the policies and procedures must ensure the program does the following along with other requirements: (1) Includes partnerships with private and public entities to provide support services and a continuum of care for program participants. (2) Provide for program rental assistance for use in dedicated supportive housing units and in existing market units in the community. (3) Include a plan for the: (A) initial leasing of; and (B) management of rental assistance for; supportive housing developed under the program. Provides that in establishing the required policies and procedures, the authority may collaborate with or seek guidance from: (1) other appropriate state agencies; (2) officials in other states or municipalities that have implemented housing first programs; and (3) other specified public or private entities. Establishes the Indiana housing first account within the state general fund to provide funds to provide housing and support services to eligible persons under the program. Allows the authority to adopt rules to establish the policies and procedures to implement and administer the program. Provides that the Indiana commission to combat drug abuse may award grants to the authority for the purposes of the program.
 Current Status:   4/21/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 Recent Status:   4/19/2017 - Signed by the Speaker
4/5/2017 - Returned to the Senate without amendments
 State Bill Page:   SB242
 
SB243SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROGRAMS. (CRIDER M) Subject to the approval of the Indiana commission to combat drug abuse (commission), establishes the physician medication assisted treatment training reimbursement pilot program (pilot program) to reimburse qualified physicians who undergo certain medication assisted treatment training, for the purpose of increasing the number of physicians in Indiana allowed under the federal Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000 to prescribe certain controlled substances to treat opioid dependency in settings other than an opioid treatment program. Establishes requirements for participation in the pilot program. Subject to the approval of the commission, establishes the maternal neonatal opioid addiction project (project) within the division of mental health and addiction (division). Allows the division to implement the project and award one grant to a health care system application that meets specified requirements for participation in the project.
 Current Status:   4/25/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 Recent Status:   4/19/2017 - Signed by the Speaker
4/13/2017 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore
 State Bill Page:   SB243
 
SB253STUDY OF VOLUNTARY PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE. (TALLIAN K) Urges the legislative council to assign the topic of establishing a voluntary paid family and medical leave program to the interim study committee on employment and labor or another appropriate study committee.
 Current Status:   4/13/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 Recent Status:   4/10/2017 - Signed by the Speaker
3/21/2017 - Returned to the Senate without amendments
 State Bill Page:   SB253
 
SB309DISTRIBUTED GENERATION. (HERSHMAN B) Requires: (1) the utility regulatory commission (IURC) to post a summary of the results of the IURC's most recent periodic review of the basic rates and charges of an electricity supplier on the IURC's Internet web site; and (2) the electricity supplier subject to the review to provide a link on the electricity supplier's Internet web site to the IURC's posted summary. Amends the statute concerning alternate energy production, cogeneration, and small hydro facilities to: (1) include in the definition of a "private generation project" certain cogeneration facilities that: (A) are located on the same site as the host operation; or (B) are located on or contiguous to the site of the host operation and are directly integrated with the host operation; and (2) include organic waste biomass facilities within the definition of an "alternative energy production facility". Specifies that an electric utility or a steam utility is not required to distribute, transmit, deliver, or wheel electricity from a private generation project. Requires the IURC to: (1) review the rates charged by electric utilities for backup power to eligible facilities and for purchases of power from eligible facilities; (2) identify the extent to which the rates meet specified criteria; and (3) report the IURC's findings to the interim study committee on energy, utilities, and telecommunications; not later than November 1, 2018. Provides that before granting to an electricity supplier that is a public utility a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the construction of an electric facility with a generating capacity of more than 80 megawatts, the utility regulatory commission (IURC) must find that the electricity supplier allowed or will allow third parties to submit firm and binding bids for the construction of the proposed facility. Provides that a public utility that: (1) installs a wind, a solar, or an organic waste biomass project with a nameplate capacity of not more than 50,000 kilowatts; and (2) uses for the project a contractor that is: (A) subject to Indiana unemployment taxes; and (B) selected by the public utility through a competitive procurement process; is not required to obtain a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the project from the IURC. Provides that a net metering tariff of an electricity supplier (other than a municipally owned utility or a rural electric membership corporation) must remain available to the electricity supplier's customers until: (1) the aggregate amount of net metering facility nameplate capacity under the tariff equals at least 1.5% of the electricity supplier's most recent summer peak load; or (2) July 1, 2022; whichever occurs earlier. Requires the IURC to amend its net metering rule, and an electricity supplier to amend its net metering tariff, to: (1) increase the limit on the aggregate amount of net metering capacity under the tariff to 1.5% of the electricity supplier's most recent summer peak load; and (2) reserve 40% of the capacity under the tariff for residential customers and 15% of the capacity for customers that install an organic waste biomass facility. Provides that a customer that installs a net metering facility on the customer's premises after December 31, 2017, and before the date on which the net metering tariff of the customer's electricity supplier terminates under the bill, shall continue to be served under the net metering tariff until: (1) the customer removes from the customer's premises or replaces the net metering facility; or (2) July 1, 2032; whichever occurs earlier. Provides that a successor in interest to the premises on which a net metering facility was installed during the applicable period may, if the successor in interest chooses, be served under the terms and conditions of the net metering tariff of the electricity supplier serving the premises until: (1) the net metering facility is removed from the premises or is replaced; or (2) July 1, 2032; whichever occurs earlier. Provides that a customer that installs a net metering facility on the customer's premises before January 1, 2018, and that is participating in an electricity supplier's net metering tariff on December 31, 2017, shall continue to be served under the terms and conditions of the net metering tariff until: (1) the customer removes from the customer's premises or replaces the net metering facility; or (2) July 1, 2047; whichever occurs earlier. Provides that a successor in interest to the premises on which a net metering facility was installed before January 1, 2018, may, if the successor in interest chooses, be served under the terms and conditions of the net metering tariff of the electricity supplier serving the premises until: (1) the net metering facility is removed from the premises or is replaced; or (2) July 1, 2047; whichever occurs earlier. Provides that an electricity supplier shall procure only the excess distributed generation produced by a customer. Provides that the rate for excess distributed generation procured by an electricity supplier must equal the product of: (1) the average marginal price of electricity paid by the electricity supplier during the most recent calendar year; multiplied by (2) 1.25. Provides that an electricity supplier shall compensate a customer for excess distributed generation through a credit on the customer's monthly bill. Provides that the IURC may approve an electricity supplier's request to recover energy delivery costs from customers producing distributed generation if the IURC finds that the request: (1) is reasonable; and (2) does not result in a double recovery of energy delivery costs from customers producing distributed generation. Urges the legislative council to assign to the interim study committee on energy, utilities, and telecommunications the topic of self-generation of electricity by school corporations.
 Current Status:   5/2/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 Recent Status:   4/19/2017 - Signed by the Speaker
4/13/2017 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore
 State Bill Page:   SB309
 
SB412529 EDUCATION SAVINGS PLAN MATTERS. (KOCH E) Prohibits, unless otherwise provided under federal law, money in a 529 education savings account from being considered as a resource or asset in determining an applicant's or recipient's eligibility for: (1) certain public assistance programs; or (2) scholarships, grants, or awards administered by the commission for higher education.
 Current Status:   4/13/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 Recent Status:   4/10/2017 - Signed by the Speaker
3/20/2017 - Returned to the Senate without amendments
 State Bill Page:   SB412
 
SB447CHILD SERVICES. (MERRITT J) Requires child abuse and neglect training for school employees. Allows the department of child services (department) to share costs incurred in maintaining the new hire directory in accordance with federal law with the department of workforce development. Adds a definition of "concurrent planning". Adds a definition of "nonwaivable offense" and makes conforming changes. Allows the department to pay the criminal background check fee in certain adoption cases. Prohibits the department from charging a fee for state tax offsets. Amends provisions concerning restricted driving licenses. Provides that the department may not grant a variance or waiver of a rule to an applicant for a: (1) child care institution; (2) foster family home; (3) group home; or (4) child placing agency; license if the applicant has been convicted of certain felonies. Requires that a criminal history check be conducted on all members of the household of an applicant for a foster family home license. (Current law requires a criminal history check of household members 14 years of age or older.) Amends provisions governing sharing of jurisdiction between: (1) a court that has jurisdiction over a child in a marriage dissolution or paternity action; and (2) another court hearing a delinquency or child in need of services proceeding regarding the child. Permits a juvenile court to authorize drug and alcohol testing of a child under certain circumstances. Requires an individual who is required to make a report of abuse or neglect in the individual's capacity as a member of the staff of a hospital licensed under IC 16-21-2 to first notify the individual in charge of the hospital or the designated agent of the individual in charge of the hospital. Prohibits a public or nonpublic school, school corporation, facility, or agency from establishing a policy restricting an employee's duty to report suspected child abuse or neglect. Adds a written report as a means to report suspected child abuse or neglect. Amends a requirement that the department must notify the United States Department of Defense Family Advocacy Program (Program) regarding a substantiated investigation of abuse or neglect of a child of an active duty military member, to provide that the department must notify the Program upon request. Provides that a child: (1) who lives in the same household as another child who is a child in need of services because the other child is a victim of specified offenses; and (2) regarding whom a caseworker makes specified determinations; is a child in need of services. Provides that a child who: (1) is born with: (A) neonatal abstinence syndrome; or (B) a controlled substance, legend drug, or metabolite of a controlled substance or legend drug in the child's body, including in the child's blood, urine, umbilical cord tissue, or meconium; and (2) needs care, treatment, or rehabilitation the child is not receiving or unlikely to receive without court intervention; is a child in need of services, and establishes a rebuttable presumption that the conditions regarding the child's care, treatment, or rehabilitation are met if evidence exists that the child's mother used a controlled substance or a legend drug during pregnancy. Provides that a child in need of services may be placed in a residence at which a person who has been convicted of battery (rather than battery only as a felony, as provided in current law) resides, if the person's commission of the offense is not relevant to the person's ability to care for the child and the placement is in the best interests of the child. Makes optional (rather than required, as under current law) certain recommendations in a petition seeking participation of a parent, guardian, or custodian in a program of care, treatment, or rehabilitation of a child. Permits out-of-home placement of a child in a facility located outside Indiana only if there is not an equivalent facility (rather than a comparable facility, under current law) located in Indiana. Provides that a court may order a parent, guardian, or custodian of a child to participate in a mental health or addiction treatment program if the parent, guardian, or custodian will be participating in a program of care, treatment, or rehabilitation of the child. Prohibits filing by a child placing agency of a petition for voluntary termination of parental rights unless the petition is in furtherance of an adoption or other permanency plan. Requires a law enforcement agency to forward a missing child report to the department. Requires the department to complete a written report within 24 hours of receiving a report of a missing child. Requires the department to provide information concerning certain missing children to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Provides that the consent of an agency or local office: (1) with lawful custody of a child whose adoption is being sought; and (2) who is served with a notice of adoption concerning the child; is not subject to being irrevocably implied. Provides immunity for a person who leaves an infant with a person who is an emergency medical services provider.
 Current Status:   4/26/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 Recent Status:   4/21/2017 - Signed by the Speaker
4/21/2017 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore
 State Bill Page:   SB447
 
SB510SUBSTANCE ABUSE PILOT PROGRAM. (MERRITT J) Provides that Allen County may enter into an agreement with an entity to administer a substance abuse pilot program after approval of the Indiana commission to combat drug abuse (commission). Specifies that the entity that agrees to administer the pilot program: (1) may not expend state grants unless the administrator has raised at least $1 of local funds for every $1 of state funds before July 1, 2018; and (2) may not expend money granted to the administrator for the pilot program for a state fiscal year unless the administrator expends at least $1 of local funds for every $1 of state funds expended.
 Current Status:   4/25/2017 - Signed by the Governor
 Recent Status:   4/21/2017 - Signed by the Speaker
4/21/2017 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore
 State Bill Page:   SB510
 
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